Indulging in our favourite skincare routines in the morning and post-work can function as a quiet, therapeutic moment for ourselves amidst daily pressures.
Nevertheless, with a multiple-step routine featuring toners, serums, face wash, moisturiser, sunscreen and more, it can be easy to overlook that many of our beloved products come in small plastic containers that have to disposed every couple of months or so.
According to Zero Waste Europe, a network of 32 NGOs that work towards zero waste in the continent, around 120 billion units of packaging are produced globally every year by cosmetics companies. The end of the lifecycle of most? Landfills.
Here are some small tips to make your routine that little bit more sustainable, whether by buying a bathroom recycling bin to drop your empty plastic bottles off at or refilling your often-used products.
How many times have you bought a beauty product in your routine, and used it up to the last drop? The answer is probably not always. The hunt to find the perfect beauty products for our skin often includes going through myriad unsatisfactory ones, heard of online or from loved ones.
Amruta Kshemkalyani, the founder of Sustainability Tribe, a UAE-based social enterprise focused on educating and inspiring climate action in local communities, says, “The key to healthy skin and real beauty is definitely understanding our skin, hair and finding healthy and natural products instead of getting carried away by beauty trends.”

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